Being the first official day of winter, the cold weather decided to move back in under a mostly overcast sky. Page 355 began with the usual early morning prayer, cleaning, and building prep as well as some extra work to clean up between school programs. With the building ready for the activities of the day, I finished up the writing of yesterday’s page before turning my attention doing some inventory of supplies. The inventory revealed some supplies I would soon be out of, so I spent the morning shopping so I could get it done before the Christmas shopping traffic picked up for the day.
While it wasn’t too bad compared to what afternoons and evenings tend to be this time of year, there were very few stoplights that I could make it through in one cycle of the light. Fortunately, the supplies I needed were not at popular Christmas shopping stores so actually getting the supplies wasn’t too bad. Susan and I made our way back through the traffic and had lunch while we were out. By mid-afternoon we made our way to Potato Creek to see what I could find to photograph. It was still a rather cold and dreary looking day but I did find a hawk and several heron, including the one that made today’s photo. The evening has been spent resting and writing as I look forward to the Christmas break and no alarm clock.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Even on the quiet days with very little to write, there are probably still lessons that I ought to be learning.
- A periodic inventory can be a good thing — both at work and in life.
- It is usually better to refill what you’re low on before you actually run out.
- When you know things are always a certain way, you probably shouldn’t act surprised when they are.
- Most people seem to live life in too much of a hurry.
- It seems yellow lights really have come to mean “hurry up, you can probably make it.”
- Sometimes you need to do things in a way that you know will take longer, but you also know it will be better for everybody involved.
- If I go out to photograph something very specific, I am often disappointed. If I’m looking to discover whatever can be seen, I always find something.